APRIL & MAY - MOON ENERGIES & BELTANE
full moon for April has passed buut the in May it is on
17 May at 11:08 GMT
The time of the full moon is calculated as the second of the full moon by purists and after that it is said to begin to wane. However in practice, its energies remain powerful for 24 hours before the full moon time and during the week after the full moon though these decrease the further from the full moon you move and the waning pull kicks in.
In cultures such as the Celts and Native North Americans each full moon was named according to the weather, the natural growth of wild plants and planted crops or the migration and breeding habits of the birds and animals and the names vary greatly among the Native North American nations according to their geographical location.
Therefore I suggest that you start naming each full moon starting in April with a significant event in your life or region, for example if in April you get out your boat or caravan for the summer or you notice certain birds suddenly appear in the garden. Sometimes a month can have a second moon, called a blue moon at the end of the month if the first full moon occurred near the beginning of that month.
When you look up at a particular full moon in the sky, notice how it makes you feel and in time you will be able to tell the subtle difference in energies between even two moons following each other. Keep a separate diary or a computer folder marked with your moon or goddess months, the distance between two full moons, as your inner or spiritual calendar as an additional measure to your conventional calendar. There will be thirteen lunar months in the calendar year and you can name them differently from year to year accordingly as to what is actually happening in nature and your life. However you will see a pattern emerging over for example five years and realise that a particular moon seems to bring a strong desire to travel or learn something new, even if its appearance varies by a week or two.
Try to spend some time out under each full moon and use the powerful changing energies, caused by the sun and moon being astrologically in opposition to make those changes you want but have been afraid to try.
Use the full moon energies to focus on
Beltane or Beltaine, from 30 April to 2nd May, the beginning of the Celtic summer in the northern hemisphere or strictly 15 degrees of Taurus in the Northern Hemisphere or 15 degrees of Scorpio in the Southern hemisphere (the latter at the beginning of November.
If you live in the Southern hemisphere you will be celebrating Samhain the beginning of the Celtic winter and New Year. However you can take from Beltaine the sister festival directly across the wheel the enthusiasm and a reminder that creativity and fertility energies can be called into your life any time of the year when the need is there. Each sister festival, such as Beltaine and Samhain, carries the seeds of the other. Especially if your climate is warm in the Southern climes you can add flowers to your more solemn Samhain, Festival of the Ancestors. This forms a reminder life goes on even in winter and that the baby Sun King will be born not so many weeks ahead.
Focus of Beltaine or Beltane: Fertility whether for conceiving a child (even stronger energies than the Spring Equinox), for improvement in career, business or financial matters, for increasing commitment in love, for passion and the consummation of love, for creative inspiration, for improving health and increasing energy, for optimism and self-confidence: for abundance in every way and for generosity; good for people in their twenties and thirties and for speaking your mind honestly but with tact.
Keywords: Passion, fertility
Emphasis of festival: Fire / flowers
Energies of the season: Rising
Symbols: Fresh greenery and blossoms, especially hawthorn (indoors only on May 1), also ribbons, staffs or staves decorated with flowers and ribbons, bells, all flowers
Incenses, flowers and herbs: Almond, angelica, ash, cowslip, frankincense, hawthorn, lilac, bluebells, marigolds and roses for love; also any floral fragrance.
Candle colours: Dark green, scarlet and silver
Crystals: Clear crystal quartz, red tigerís eye, Herkimer diamond, golden tigerís eye, amber and topaz.
Festival Foods: Any roasted meat, traditional oatmeal cake cut into thirteen portions (or one piece for each person present). The person drawing a piece marked beforehand with a cross traditionally has to pay a forfeit or entertain those present with a song; also egg custard dishes, mead (fermented honey drink), any miniature delicacies said to be left by the fairies whose festival it is, elderflower and berry jams
Angel of the festival: Camael or Chamuel, Archangel of Courage, Divine Love and Justice who wears a deep red tunic with dark green armour, a halo of dark ruby flames and with rich green wings.
God and Goddess of the festival: The Green man, God of vegetation who as Jackí of the Green, a kind of Robin Hood figure, married the Flower Goddess whom he crowned as the May Queen with garlands of flowers; also the Anglo Saxon Goddess Walpurga of spring who was Christianised as St Walpurga
Beltaine or Beltane is named after the Irish god of light, in whose honour fires were kindled at this time by rubbing wood together.
Sundown on May Eve heralded the signal for the Celtic Druids to kindle the great Bel-fires from nine different kinds of wood. At this time cattle were released from the winter barns and driven between twin fires to cleanse them and to invoke fertility as they were released into the fields.
Winter was finally dead as at midnight on May Eve Caillieach Bhuer, the old hag of winter, cast her staff under a holly bush and turned to stone until six months later on Halloween.
A time of great fairy activity, especially around standing stones and stone circles.
Sacred wells are very potent on May 1 both for healing and fertility.
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